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Posted on: September 1, 2020

Vote for Town Center Mural

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Vote for Town Center Mural


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Westbrook has plans for a mural to invigorate its Town Center, and is asking residents to vote for their favorite of two renderings, currently on display at 14 Westbrook Place (former Nautical Needles storefront next to the Turtle Cafe.)

The mural will cover the entire brick side of the building that houses the Turtle Cafe, and is visible from Route 1 as well as the parking lot facing Knothe Lane.

Both designs feature the “Turtle”, which plays a large part in Westbrook’s maritime history.

The Turtle, a one-man submarine, is the first submarine used for military use. Invented by Westbrook’s David Bushnell in 1775, it attempted to ward off the British warship HMS Eagle during the American Revolution. Bushnell, the son of a Connecticut farmer, wanted to show how creativity and inventiveness might win the day for the colonies. Today, Westbrook’s Economic Development Commission (EDC) remains committed to finding innovative ways to support economic growth in town.

The mural project, initiated by the EDC and Westbrook Town Center Revitalization Committee (TCRC), is part of a strategic plan to enhance the Town Center and honor Westbrook’s maritime history. The EDC and TCRC are proud to be working with Falcone Fine Art Studios on this project. Tony Falcone is a prominent mural artist with forty years of experience.  His work has been commissioned by the National Coast Guard Museum, US Coast Guard Academy, City of New Haven, Shubert Theater, Yale New Haven Hospital, Yale University Peabody Museum, Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce, Sports Haven and more.  Funding for the project is anticipated to come from grants from local or state philanthropic organizations.

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Residents are encouraged to vote here and leave any comments as well. 

The last day to vote will be September 30, 2020.

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